Why should you and your organisation adopt open source?

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12 December 2016

A report from Forrester Research makes a compelling case for CIOs to consider open source technologies as part of their business technology strategy.

Once seen as the preserve of hobbyists, open source is now being widely embraced by the biggest tech industry heavyweights to digital disruptors, traditionally risk-averse government agencies and Fortune 50 businesses.

According to Forrester, 41% of enterprise decision-makers said that using more open source software was a high priority for them during 2016.

“As businesses transform their technology stack in support of efforts to win, serve, and retain customers, open source tools and applications play a critical role in lowering lock-in, increasing agility, and driving change in the way that technology projects are considered, governed, and delivered,” the firm said.

Known for years as ‘free’ software, open source has other benefits beyond cost savings, says Forrester. These include reducing lock-in to proprietary systems, fostering new technology adoption in a business and the opportunity to share best practices with the open source community and with developer groups in some of the world’s biggest software companies.

The report also outlines the most commonly used open source tools and frameworks being used for development or deployment.

Open source isn’t an all-or-nothing bet, but a way to build a compelling technology framework for business. To find out more about how IT leaders can transform their organisations with open source, the report is free to download here.

This article was supplied by Microsoft.


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